Easter is upon us, which means rabbits, eggs, chocolate and, more importantly, football. The Premier League is back after an intriguing, if fairly unnecessary, international break that saw England continue their uninspiring run of not reallt doing anything at all. FPL should cheer us all up however and in this article we’re looking at midfielders and forwards for gameweek 32.
Budget Option: Junior Stanislas (6.0m)
With budget options it’s often about combining good fixtures with good form, and that works out brilliantly for Stanislas this week. The Bournemouth midfielder has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League games, including two in his last two, and the Cherries face Watford this weekend. The Hornets don’t have a good defensive record and have shipped eight in their last two games, so if there is any game in which Stanislas should continue his form it’s this one.
Premium Option: Kevin De Bruyne (10.4m)
At this point of the season it seems as though Mohamed Salah is set to win the Player of the Season award, but De Bruyne has pushed the Liverpool winger very close during Manchester City’s crazy campaign. With seven goals and 16 assists, the Belgian is one of the most reliable and consistent FPL players out there, so a game against struggling Everton is tantalising to say the least. The Toffees have just one clean sheet in their last 12 games across all competitions and shouldn’t be able to stand up to the firepower of the Cityzens.
Premium Option to AVOID: Eden Hazard (10.6m)
I’m surprised at how many times I’ve advised avoiding Hazard this season but I think there is good reason. The winger is having a disappointing season, just as Chelsea as a club are in general, and he has a tough game against Tottenham this weekend to contend with. Hazard has 11 goals and give games, which isn’t bad at all, but for his price he should be doing far better. Willian is the player in form for the Blues, so if you do want to have someone from this tough London derby then he might be the man from Chelsea.
Budget Option: Ashley Barnes (5.3m)
Burnley attackers are usually a fairly risky option as the Clarets don’t score a whole lot of goals, meaning you have to predict the right scorer each week. It helps when that scorer is usually the same man however and Ashley Barnes has scored in the last three consecutive games. This week he gets to take on an awful West Brom side that is rock bottom of the league, and at such a low price it is always worth taking a punt on Barnes, especially with such an appealing fixture.
Premium Option: Gabriel Jesus (10.0m)
As you can tell I really like Manchester City this week and I think Gabriel Jesus is the forward option that could bring the most reward. At £10 the Brazilian is very cheap given the team he is in and with Aguero suffering from injury, and Pep Guardiola seeming to favour the youngster, he could be a gem for the end of the season. The Cityzens have scored a ridiculous 85 goals this season, eight of which have come from Jesus, and now the striker is back from injury and playing well he is an elite choice, especially against Everton this weekend.
Premium Option to AVOID: Sergio Aguero (11.7m)
One of the only Manchester City options that I don’t like this week is Sergio Aguero, and that’s mainly because he is an injury risk. Add that to the fact that Jesus will likely be favoured and you have an expensive option that might not even come off the bench. The Argentinian has 21 league goals this season and is a top tier FPL option, but I would lead more towards Jesus, Lukaku or even Firmino in the next few weeks.
After an international break there’s bound to be injuries, form and fitness issues swirling around various players, especially with fixtures coming thick and fast at this stage of the season. Keep on top of the news.
Don’t ignore the sides nearer the bottom of the table. This late in the season they are fighting for survival and form can go out the window. Maybe you’ll find yourself a hidden gem to help you muster a last surge up your league table.
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